February 27, 2020

An update from Carol Vernal

I wanted to update you again and thank everyone who has contributed to our response efforts to provide clean drinking water and nutrition  for earthquake victims. Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations  have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways. $11,000 has helped to feed over 2,000 volunteers and earthquake victims a week for 5 weeks, and other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit. Good job everyone.  We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients without funds but your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are starting to get back to normal. Kirtipur Hospital is one of the few hospitals that survived the earthquake with the ability to provide medical care.  The majority of injuries have been related to wounds and broken bones, and some burn injuries. Over 200 surgeries were completed free of charge and 800 earthquake victims were treated without reimbursement. Now it’s time to “help the hospital heal”.  Supplies need to be replenished.  Funds are needed to address the economic deficit and maintain services that are still very much needed. Some Interesting facts: Women have lost the most in the recent earthquakes - More than 55% of the deaths as of June 3 were women. Sadly, this is not surprising: Studies have shown that women are more likely to be killed in natural disasters than men.  Taking leadership roles in the recovery may also help women improve their position in the country. One month after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, an estimated 70,000 children under five are at risk of malnutrition and require urgent humanitarian support - according to UNICEF:  “Before the earthquake, more than 1 in 10 children across Nepal were already suffering from acute malnutrition, while close to 4 in 10 had stunted growth due to chronic under-nutrition.” Rebuilding is also urgent: This disaster cost Nepal about 50% of its GDP and at least one out of every 3,000 citizens. Women’s leadership will help sustain the newly found can-do spirit. There is rise in a “can-do” spirit among Nepalese and much talk about shaking the status quo. More mobile help desks are needed to assess needs and gather feedback from the local people. The information should be shared with government and aid agencies, and in theory these stakeholders should manage relief efforts with strong and efficient routes to reach affected households and individuals. The relief effort in Nepal is far from over. Our partners on the ground are continuing to work tirelessly to provide support and services to Nepalese in need. With your continued kindness and generosity, we can ensure a strong and lasting recovery. Thank you again. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so safely and securely through our website. Thank you for allowing me to share this information with you. We remain enormously grateful to you and to everyone who has supported our efforts in Nepal. In Gratitude Carol Vernal

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